Human Services, Pre-Social Work Specialization
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Human services is a rapidly growing career area with a broad range of applications. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of mental health and social services fields. Students will be able to function effectively in therapeutic, remedial, residential and rehabilitative settings. This specialization is intended for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work degree.
Admission Requirements and Special Conditions
A high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics is required. If students have deficiencies in English or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental courses to prepare students for the curriculum.
|1st Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3|
|HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services||3||See Notes 1, 2, 3, 16.|
|SDV 100 College Success Skills||1|
|SOC 200 Principles of Sociology||3||SOC 201, SOC 202|
|BIO 101 General Biology I||4||See Note 12.|
|Social Science Elective||3||See Note 10.|
|2nd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I||3||See Notes 1, 3, 4, 16.|
|PSY 100 Principles of Applied Psychology||3||See Note 9.|
|Mathematics/Science Elective||3||See Note 13.|
|ENG 112 College Composition II||3|
|BIO 102 General Biology II||4||See Note 12.|
|3rd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|HMS 251 Substance Abuse I||3|
|MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II||3||See Notes 1, 4, 6, 16.|
|Humanities Elective||3||See Note 8.|
|PSY 230 Developmental Psychology||3|
|General Elective||3||See Note 11.|
|SOC 211||3||SOC 212|
|4th Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|MEN 190 Coordinated Practice||3||MEN 290. See Notes 1, 5, 7.|
|MEN 196 On-Site Training||3||MEN 296. See Notes 1, 5, 7.|
|Health/Physical Education Elective||2|
|PHI Ethics||3||See Note 17.|
|Foreign Language 101 course||4||ARA 101, FRE 101, SPA 101. See Note 15.|
|Total Credits For Program||66|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the following core courses in order to remain in the Human Services program: HMS 100, MEN 101, MEN 102, MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and MEN 296.
Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work must earn grades of “B” or better in HMS 100, MEN 101, MEN 102 (see note 16).
- It is recommended that students complete all developmental coursework before enrolling in HMS 100.
- Students must complete HMS 100 prior to enrolling in MEN 101. Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work must enroll in a Social Work designated section of HMS 100 and earn a minimum grade of “B” (see note 16).
- Students must complete MEN 101 prior to enrolling in MEN 102 (see note 16).
- MEN 102 must be completed prior to enrolling in MEN 190/MEN 290 and MEN 196/MEN 296 (see note 16).
- Students who are not planning to transfer to VCU may take MEN 198 or MEN 225 in place of MEN 102.
- MEN 190 and MEN 196, or MEN 290 and MEN 296 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. These courses are internships and students (under professional supervision) engage in practical hands-on training consisting of 100 hours in outside agencies. All coordinated practice placements must be pre-approved by the program advisor and students are expected to secure their internship site prior to the first day of class. Students completing an internship in human services may be subjected to criminal background check as well as, sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/internship site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. This may also be required as a condition of employment. Students who are convicted felons or are on the sex offender registry in any state may not be able to secure training/ internship sites. This in turn, will prevent them from completing the requirements for the Human Services degrees and certificates (see note 1).
- The humanities elective requirement can be satisfied by completing literature (ENG), foreign language, humanities (HUM), philosophy (PHI), Art (ART), music (MUS), speech courses addressing performing arts and the history of theatre (CST), or religion (REL) courses. ENG 112, CST 100, CST 105 and CST 115 may not be used to satisfy humanities elective requirements. Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work will require one of the following course work: Art History (Art 101,102,103,104, or 150), any course in Religious Studies (REL), any course designated English Literature, or any course in Philosophy (excluding ethics PHI, which is already part of curriculum).
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work will require PSY 200/203 for transfer.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work will require an ECO, HIS, or PLS course for transfer. All other students can consider the following social science electives with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC. It is recommended that students select electives with the assistance of their advisors.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU will require ENG 210 Advanced Composition.
- Students who do not plan to transfer to VCU may take other laboratory science courses in place of BIO 101 and 102. These include: BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 101, CHM 102 , CHM 111, CHM 112, CHM 129, CHM 130 ,GOL 105, NAS 125, NAS 130, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 241 and PHY 242.
- Math/Science elective requirement can be satisfied by completing MTH 120, MTH 158, MTH 163 or MTH 170 or BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, PHY 101 or PHY 102. Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work will require MTH 158, MTH 163 or MTH 170 for transfer.
- Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work will require a foreign language at the 101 level. Students should consult with their advisors about appropriate language courses.
- Additional requirements for Transfer to VCU School of Social Work. Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and earn grades of “B” or better in the following core courses: HMS 100, MEN 101, and MEN 102.
- Choose one course from the following PHI Ethics options: PHI 220, 225, or 226.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work must complete a Letter of Interest after successfully completing 15 credits toward the Pre-Social Work Specialization degree at John Tyler Community College and send it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at VCU.
- This Specialization is in part for Human Services students and for students who plan to transfer to the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Students who are interested in completing bachelor’s degrees in social work at other four-year colleges and universities should confer with their advisors before pursuing this program.
For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Health Sciences: 804-622-8700.